Econyl (ecological nylon) is the material made from recycled plastics that we will encounter on board Jaguar and Land Rover types in the near future. The sustainable material is manufactured by a company called Aquafil and not the UK carmaker’s first premium customer.
They have also been supplied to watch factories (straps), fashion houses (backpacks), sportswear manufacturers (swimwear) from recycled plastics made by processing plastic recovered from the seas and landfills, which are identical in all respects to traditional nylon.
In all but one feature, the process of breaking down the plastic into its constituents (depolymerization) and then recombining them produces 90% less emissions than producing the end product from petroleum in the traditional way.
Aquafil processes 40,000 tons of plastic waste annually; in doing so, it saves 280,000 barrels of crude oil and reduces the industry’s carbon emissions by just over 260,000 tons.
Some models of the Jaguar Land Rover already have eco-material: the upholstery material of the Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar I-PACE ‘Kvadrat’ is made from a blend of synthetic leather and natural wool made from recycled plastic. In enough Kvadrat material to upholster a car, 53 PET bottles come to life in a new, sustainable way.